The recipient of this new crocheted blanket is outside at the moment, so I can only offer this empty-seeming photo. Yep, Mooky has a new blankie. A nice new machine-washable acrylic blankie. (Three balls of Red Heart Soft Touch in red, plus bits of thrifted acrylic for stripes. Finished size: 28 inches by 35 inches.)
I followed the Shell-Stitch Afghan tutorial on Anastacia Knits. It's very simple; all you need to know is sl, ch, and dc, and you can crochet this blanket. Plus it is made diagonally, so the rows are nice and short at the beginning, and then nice and short again at the end. Of all the people on Ravelry, Anastacia herself and I are the only ones who have used this pattern so far. I'd recommend it if you're considering an easy blankie. Here, have a closer look at the shell-stitch pattern:
Nice, right? I finished the blanket last night, laid it on the couch, and put Mooky on it; he started washing his face. I had to seriously lighten this photo, but look at that tongue! I love it.
As for the new Knitty, my favourite patterns are Tussie Mussie, Neiman, Muir, and Urchin, but I think the whole issue is good overall.